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Date of Award

Summer 2016

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

McLean, Kate C.

Second Advisor

Lehman, Barbara J., 1943-

Third Advisor

Hyman, Ira E.


The purpose of the current study was to broaden research on how narrative processes relate to well-being by examining narratives of an ongoing challenge in a novel context - living with a chronic health problem- as narrative researchers have focused primarily on discrete past events. By studying self-defining illness memories of a sample of midlife adults living with chronic health problems, I was able to examine the relation between narrative processes and well-being in the context of an ongoing event. Results indicate, as hypothesized, that both positive resolution and agency were associated with well-being. However, in contrast to my hypothesis, the narrative processes did not mediate the relation between physical health and well-being. These findings have implications both for the study of narrative processes as well as for individuals living with chronic health problems.




Narrative inquiry (Research method), Narrative therapy, Identity (Psychology), Chronic diseases--Psychological aspects, Well-being--Psychological aspects


Western Washington University

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